Turks Say Ties w US Strained
By Micah Halpern
Friday September 24, 2021
Finally, the Turks are going public and acknowledging that diplomatic ties with the United States are strained over their purchase of Russian S-400 anti-air batteries.
According to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's ties with the United States were not healthy and Washington needed to "sort out" issues.
Ties between the NATO allies hit a low point earlier this year when Washington sanctioned the Turkish defense industry over the S-400s purchase. Washington also expelled Ankara from its F-35 jet program, where it was a buyer and manufacturer.
After attending the UN General Assembly Erdogan spoke to reporters and is quoted as saying: "I cannot say that a healthy process is running in Turkish-American ties ... We bought F-35s, we paid $1.4 billion and these F-35s were not given to us.
The problem with this new public realization is that Turkey is laying blame with the United States and with NATO when it is Turkey that created this situation.
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